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2021 Mercedes-Benz Metris Cargo Van Review: Haul Stuff In Style

 

It has been well over a century since Mercedes-Benz built its first cargo van: in 1896, it built what is probably the world’s very first van, aptly named the Combination Delivery Vehicle. Since then, the automaker has always offered a cargo van in one shape or another, and the 2021 Mercedes-Benz Metris Cargo Van proudly joins the ranks as a small cargo vehicle that slots in below the larger Sprinter. Under the hood is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-pot delivering 208 horsepower. The Mercedes Metris van can carry up to 2,668 pounds and tow 5,000, which represents class-leading numbers. With a refined drive and good looks, the Metris looks like a good deal, but that three-pointed star on its hood raises the price significantly. The Metris Cargo Van goes up against the Ford Transit Connect Cargo Van and Ram ProMaster City Cargo Van.

Metris Cargo Van Exterior

As far as cargo vans go, the 2021 Mercedes-Benz Metris doesn’t look all that bad, especially when compared to the squinty Ram ProMaster City, or the catfish-faced Ford Transit Connect Cargo Van. Standard exterior features on the Metris Cargo include a set of 16-inch steel wheels, a sliding side door, auto headlights, a new grille design for 2021, and a full-sized spare wheel. Optional extras include your choice of 13 exterior paint colors, including Graphite Grey Metallic, Cavansite Blue Metallic, and Hyacinth Red Metallic, each going for $1,005. The Metris Cargo Van comes standard with rear doors that open to 270 degrees. Rear doors that open to 180 degrees or a lift-up tailgate are optional.

Dimensions

The 2021 Metris Cargo Van is available in 126-inch and 135-inch wheelbase trim, with the shorter van measuring 202.4 inches in total length, while the long-wheelbase car measures 211.4 inches. Width, including mirrors, is 88 inches. The load height at curb level is 22 inches, and the side-door opening height is 49.3 inches. The Metris Cargo Van has a curb weight of 4,123 pounds in short wheelbase form, and 4,178 lbs in LWB configuration .

  • Length202.4 in
  • Wheelbase126.0 in
  • Height75.2 in
  • Max Width75.9 in

    Engine and Transmission

    Powering the 2021 Mercedes-Benz Metris Cargo Van is a turbocharged four-cylinder gas engine that produces 208 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. This engine provides enough grunt to move the Metris Cargo around town with eagerness, and even when fully loaded will still manage to keep up on the highway. Its strong torque curve also allows it to tow an impressive 5,000 pounds. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a smooth-shifting new 9G-TRONIC nine-speed automatic transmission that replaces last year’s seven-speed transmission. It makes the most of the engine’s power and does not struggle to find gears when pulling along a large load or when accelerating in and out of city traffic. No official top speed or 0 to 60 mph times are quoted by the manufacturer, which is hardly unusual for this category of vehicle.

    • Engine
      2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
    • Transmission
      9-Speed Automatic
    • Drivetrain

      RWD

      Handling and Driving Impressions

      Staying true to its brand heritage, the 2021 Metris Cargo Van delivers a handling and driving experience that is more refined and pleasurable than its competitors. It is by no means a small vehicle, especially in 135-inch wheelbase configuration, but a tight turning circle and light steering help it feel agile on city roads and other tight spaces, exactly what you want from a cargo van. Out on the highway, the Metris Cargo Van feels planted, and drivers will be able to cruise along for many miles without tiring. This van shines in both the city and on the open road, which will put it ahead of its less confident-handling competitors.

      Metris Cargo Van Gas Mileage

      Mercedes-Benz made the wise decision to move away from heavy and somewhat lethargic naturally-aspirated V6 engines as is so commonly found in cargo vans, and instead have gone for a lightweight, small-capacity turbocharged four-cylinder engine which offers great lowdown torque while sipping on fuel. The EPA rates the Metris Cargo Van at 19/23/21 mpg city/highway/combined. Both LWB and SWB configurations are fitted with an 18.49-gallon fuel tank, which in theory, should give the Metris Cargo van a maximum range of around 388 miles on the combined cycle.

      • Fuel Tank Capacity
        18.5 Gallons
      • Fuel Economy
        City/Hwy: 19/24 mpg

      * 2021 Mercedes-Benz Metris Standard Roof 126″ Wheelbase

      Seating and Interior Space

      It says it all in the name: the Metris Cargo Van offers a ton of interior space because that’s exactly what it was built for. Headroom in the front is 39.6 inches in both wheelbase lengths and is more than enough for six-foot-plus drivers and passengers. Legroom is slightly compromised at 35.78 inches. In the back is where the true numbers talk; cargo length with the through-loading partition is 111.5 inches for the SWB, and 120.5 for the LWB van. Cargo bay dimensions include a maximum height of 55 inches, with 50 inches of space between the wheelhouses.

      • Seating capacity
        2-seater
      • Front Leg Room35.8 in
      • Front Head Room39.6 in

        Metris Cargo Van Trunk and Cargo Space

        Yes, the Metris will hold a lot of stuff, and its competitors will hold a lot less. Mercedes-Benz quotes a cargo capacity of 183 cubic feet behind the first row for the 126-inch wheelbase van. In comparison, the short-wheelbase Ford Transit Connect cargo van offers only 123.3 cubic feet of space. The LWB Metris Cargo Van offers up to 199 cubic feet of space, which is considerably more than you get from the LWB Ford Transit Connect, which can only muster 145.8 cubic feet behind the first row. The Metris Cargo Van has a maximum payload rating of 2,668 pounds.

        Metris Cargo Van Infotainment and Features

        Features

        As you’d expect with almost any cargo van, the Metris comes with the minimum in terms of features and basic comforts; it’s built to work and shrugs off Mercedes-Benz’ luxury image for a more utilitarian one. Both the driver and front passenger get manually adjustable seats, and a bunch of cupholders; the driver has an adjustable steering column, while there is also manually adjustable air conditioning, a rearview camera, and a lockable glove compartment. Optional extras include automatic climate control, cruise control, and an interior rear-view mirror. The Safety package specs, a leather steering wheel, rain sensor, and blind-spot assist, as well as an instrument cluster with a pixel-matrix display and a trip computer.

        Infotainment

        The infotainment touchscreen is a newly updated seven-inch unit (up from the 2020 model’s 5.8 inches) that displays clear imagery and finally offers smartphone integration via USB. It’s a lot larger than the 4.2-inch display in the Ford Transit. Features on offer include two USB ports, as well as Bluetooth streaming, voice control, and a SiriusXM radio. Four speakers offer a tinny auditory experience, especially when the cargo area is void of goods.

        2021 Mercedes-Benz Metris Van Safety

        The 2021 Mercedes-Benz Metris Cargo Van has not been tested by the NHTSA or IIHS, but comes with a good amount of standard and optional safety gear, especially for a vehicle in this class. There are six airbags on offer, including front-row window and side thorax/pelvis airbags. Driver-assistance features include driver-attention assist, hill-start assist, load-adaptive stability control, and crosswind assist. Optional extras include blind-spot monitoring, active brake assist, lane-keep assist, and rain-sensing window wipers.

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    Year: 2021
    Make: Mercedes-Benz
    Model: Metris
    Body Style: Van Cargo
    Transmission: Automatic
    Location: North Hollywood
    Monthly Specials: yes

    Excludes first-month payment, registration, acquisition fees, DMV, smog & Documentation Fees

    Fuel Efficiency Rating

    • City : 19
    • Highway: 24

    Rating displayed GAS/DIESEL/HYBRID.
    Actual rating will vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits and vehicle condition.


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